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FAA Automatically Grants  "blanket" COA'S - As of March 23, 2015, the FAA will automatically grant "blanket" COA's for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS operator with a Section 333 exemption, provided the aircraft weighs less than 55 pounds, operations are conducted during daytime Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions and within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports.


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Court Approves Use of Police UAVs - a North Dakota court has approved the use of UAV drones to help arrest citizens on US soil.


Arlington Police Dept Granted Permission to Fly UAVs by FAA -Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the city permission to get the rotors turning on the police UAV drone project.


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FAA Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) - Before you can operate a UAV in National Airspace System (NAS) you must have a COA. The average time to issue an authorization for non-emergency operations is less than 60 days, 


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Arlington Police Department Granted Permission to Fly UAVs by FAA

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson announced Thursday that the Federal Aviation Administration has given the city permission to get the rotors turning on the project in late February.

Police are quick to emphasize that the 4- to 5-foot-long aircraft aren’t the same as military drones.

“They’re unmanned aircraft,” Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said. “They aren’t military grade. They’re somewhere in between that and remote-control helicopters that are used recreationally.”

The unmanned craft, which can fly at speeds up to 40 mph, are intended as a more affordable alternative to traditional police helicopters usually employed in search missions.

Arlington police also hope to use the helicopters as part of their terrorist response plan. However, the department vowed that they will not be used in police pursuits or to enforce traffic laws at this time.

The police department in Arlington can now use new tools in support of public safety over the Texas urban community – two small helicopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted permission for the Arlington police to fly these unmanned aircraft under certain circumstances: they must fly under 400 feet, only in the daytime, be in sight of the operator and a safety observer, and be in contact with the control tower at the nearby Dallas-Fort Worth airport – one of the busiest in the country.

Arlington is situated midway between Dallas and Fort Worth in Texas, and is already famous as the home of the Dallas Cowboys football and the Texas Rangers baseball teams, who have their stadiums side-by-side near the Six Flags over Texas theme park. Two years ago this complex played host to the Superbowl, when over 103,000 fans attended this single event. With scenarios like this, you can understand this police department wanting to be prepared for any contingency and two years ago Arlington was one of the first police departments to begin training with small helicopter UAVs.

The UAV in question is the Avenger. The Arlington Police originally acquired its first UAV with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to support security for the Superbowl.

Sgt. Christopher Cook of the Arlington Police department, said the small helos will only be used in situations that a manned helicopter would be used, and will not be used for police pursuits or for traffic enforcement. Typical uses might be to take crime scene photos from above, or to look for a missing person.

“We basically have permission to operate our small helicopter program in certain areas of the City, generally south of Interstate Highway 30, once a clearly defined incident perimeter has been established," says Sgt. Cook. "We are working with our local airports which have airspace within the confines of the City of Arlington to create letters of agreement so there will be a seamless transition once a decision is made to deploy the equipment.”

Arlington Police Department is one of more than 80 entities that have so far applied to the FAA for permission to fly drones in U.S. airspace. The Arlington UAV deployment is significant because Arlington is a major urban area with a large population, and it contains one of the nation’s busiest airports – Dallas Fort Worth International.


Arlington PD Aviation Unit Equipment Demonstration

This video highlights our Aviation Unit showing takeoffs and landings. Make sure you also view our other Aviation Unit video that talks about the intended uses of our unit


Arlington PD Public Information Dept on the Avenger UAS

This video features Police Chief Will Johnson and Public Information Supervisor, Sgt. Christopher Cook on Arlington's Aviation Unit. See what their program is all about, their intended uses of the small helicopters, and some of the capabilities.  APD has a great Public Information Dept.  Following their footsteps and the guidelines set forth by the International Association of Chiefs of Police is a very important part of public relations for the need of an Unmanned Aerial Systems by law enforcement and first responders. 


FAA Part 107 Press Release
FAA Part 107 Regulations
FAA Part 107 Summary
FAA Test Centers
FAA To Crack Down On UAS Airspace Violators
FAA Know Before You Fly Video
FAA Regulations
FAA Section 333 Frequently Asked Questions
FAA Section 333 Special Rules For Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems
FAA Section 333 Public Guidance
FAA Certificate of Authorization
FAA Petitioning For Exemption Under Section 333
FAA How To Send Your Exemption Petition or Rulemaking
FAA Guidelines - Section 333 Petition For Exemption
FAA Section 333 Petition Guidelines
FAA Section 336 Public Law 112-95
FAA Fact Sheet – UAS
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions
FAA Special Airworthiness Certification
FAA UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
FAA UAS Frequently Asked Questions
FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems FAQ's
FAA Industry Innitiative Will Expand Small UAS Horizons
FAA UAV Aircraft Registry Requirements
FAA Launches Capital Hill No Drone Zone Campaign
FAA Limitations on Hobbyist UAV Operators
FAA Passes 1000 Section 333 Exemptions
FAA Grants Section 333 Exemptions
FAA Grants British Petroleum COA to Fly UAV
FAA UAS Guidance for Law Enforcment Agencies.pdf
FAA UAS Research Test Sites
FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Selection
FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333
FAA Wildfires and Drones Do Not Mix
FAA Safety Briefing May-June 2015 Issue
FAA B4UFLYY Smartphone App For UAS Pilots
FAA - Arlington Police Department Authorized to Fly UAV
FAA UAS Guidance for Law Enforcement
FAA Law Enforcement Engagement With Unauthorized UAS Operations
FAA Sporting Event Flight Restrictions Handout.pdf
FAA Drone Authorization List
FAA Papal City Visits Are No Drone Fly Zones
FAA Model Aircraft Operating Standards




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